British admiral dropped an ‘OMG’—in 1919

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Adm. John ‘Jacky’ Fisher used the abbreviation in a letter.

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Predictably, many people balked at the entry, suggesting its inclusion is a sign that the sky is falling (or soon will be). Commenters on PR Daily called the decision “terrible,” “lazy,” and a “disappointment.”

A quick look at the OED entry, however, reveals that the today’s youngsters weren’t the first to use it. Turns out British Adm. John “Jacky” Fisher used the expression in a letter from the early 20th century. He wrote:

“I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis—O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)—Shower it on the Admiralty!”

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